KUHL Retro Hoody Jacket: our trail to town review Outdoor Apparel

KUHL Retro Hoody Jacket

This is one ultra comfy, stylish jacket that's an equally great fit on the trail or around town. Our Kuhl Retro Hoody review.

Every once in a while, we come across a fantastic piece of clothing that immediately becomes something we can’t live without. And that’s exactly what happened the first time I tried on the Kuhl Retro Hoody. It’s got a comfortable, casual, already-broken-in kind of feel that instantly feels like something I’ve had in my closet and loved for years.

Our favorite hiking jackets: the Kuhl Retro Hoody is versatile, stylish, and comfy from trail to town

I’ve been wearing this jacket through several winter seasons here in the South, and on cold-weather adventures on the West Coast. I’ve been ultra-impressed by the jacket’s stylish look, fit and toasty warm comfort, even in the face of some pretty wet and downright cold conditions. I’ve trekked through fog, drizzle, driving snow and frigid winds in this jacket, and it has kept me happy, warm, dry and on the move through it all.

What’s to love about the KUHL Retro Hoody

The Retro Hoody outer shell is constructed of high quality, weather repellent fabric, and it’s double stitched for durability and an added rugged style. The jacket features thumb loops that keep the sleeves in place when I’m layering it under a rain shell. And the jacket features elastic cuffs and a drawcord bottom hem that help form a barrier to cold wind, rain and snow.

The Kuhl Retro Hoody jacket is one of our favorite Men's jackets for trail adventures in the South

Two zippered hand pockets and a chest pocket are lined with soft fabric, and provide tons of space to stash my hands, a wallet, phone, keys and small gear.

Layers are the way to dress when temperatures plummet: multiple layers offer easy-to-customize warmth as the day heats up and we get active on the trail. The Retro Hoody features double front zippers that make layering a breeze… it’s easily the most layer-worthy jacket in my closet. I love the ability to switch between the two zippers, giving the jacket a slim fit if I’m using it on its own, or creating a looser fit if I’m piling layers underneath.

Our trailful Kuhl Retro Hoody Jacket review

On the inside, the jacket features brushed fleece that’s super soft and keeps me toasty warm. The jacket’s attached hood is also fully lined with the same fleece, and the hood features a drawcord to tighten the jacket up against cold winter winds. I love the extra high collar on this jacket: it provides one more layer of defense against the wet and cold.

Kuhl Retro Hoody jacket: warm, cozy, and fully trail ready, our Men's Retro Hoody review

The jacket’s size runs true, and the fit is stylishly slim with a bit of extra room to move. I’m 6’ tall, and the men’s small provides an excellent streamlined fit, with generously long sleeves. And fit-wise, I really love that KUHL added extra length to the back of the coat, which helps keep the coat in place when I’m active or if my backpack shifts on the trail.

KUHL Retro Hoody: review wrap-up

This is one amazing jacket. It’s equally stylish but technical, and extremely well designed. It’s warm, comfortable and sheds bad weather like a pro. And thanks to its casual, streamlined look, I grab this jacket for time on the trail, chilling around town and pretty much anywhere in between.

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Eric Champlin is a writer and photographer who loves to hike, run, backpack, kayak and cycle the southeast. He’s the editor and founder of Atlanta Trails, Asheville Trails, and Trailful, digital magazines that highlight the South’s best outdoor adventures and top Southern-worthy outdoor gear. His mission? To inspire others to get fit outdoors and explore the South’s incredible scenic beauty.